The non-profit Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocate and voice of the production music community, has announced the winners of the first Annual "Mark Awards" for Excellence in Production Music. The inaugural event took place on September 9, 2015, at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Los Angeles, concurrently with the PMA's Second Annual Production Music Conference (PMC.) 
Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a founding member of the PMA, the Mark Awards recognize the very best in production music in 17 categories. 
Renowned composer Brian Tyler delivered the keynote talk, as conducted by noted journalist Jon Burlingame, during the Second Annual PMC Event, which also presented 10 panels covering numerous topics pertinent to the production music industry. Hunter Williams is the Executive Director of the PMA. 
The Winners of the 2015 "Mark Awards" are: 
Hall of Fame Award:  Composer Gerhard Narholz, founder of Sonoton Production Music. NOTE: Narholz's son, Gregor Narholz, and Elisabeth Oei, Sonoton Director, North America, accepted the MARK AWARD in Gerhard's honor. 
Ambassador Award:  David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers Association
Under the Category: Best Production Music Track
Best Ambient Track:  "40 Winks"/9 Lives Music Composer: Richard Dutnall
Best Dance Track"Timeout"/SuperPitch  Composer: Marius Lenoir
Best Electronic Track"Indigo"/MYMA  Composer: Hallway Swimmers
Best Hip Hop Track "We the Light"/Firstcom Music  Composer: Bryan Spitzer
Best Jazz Track"Bopology"/APM Music   Composer: Bill Novick & Paul Lenart
Best Orchestral Track"Complexity"/VideoHelper  Composer: Joseph Saba & Stewart Winter
Best Rock Track:"Truth Is"/Amphibious Zoo Music  Composer: Scott Reinwand
Best Vocal Track:  "Comin' For A Change"/BWN Music  Composer: Stephen Clinton Sullivan
Best World Track "A Stroll in Pelourinho"/Megatrax Production Music Composer: Eduardo Lyra Krieger & Orlei Goncalves
Under the Category: Best Use of Production Music
Best Use of Production Music In A Commercial Advertisement"When Dreams Come True"/APM Music  Composer: Baptiste Francois Thiry
Best Use of Production Music In An On-Air Promo: "Beethoven to the Fifth"/VideoHelper  Composer: Aaron Sapp
Best Use of Production Music In A Theatrical Film Trailer"It's OK"/Audio Network  Composer: Tom Rosenthal & Max Brodie
Best Use of Production Music As Theme Song In TV Program"Into Battle"/Stephen Arnold Music  Composer: Robert Price & Stephen Arnold
Best Use of Production Music As Underscore In A TV Program"All Up In Ya Earhole"/VideoHelper  Composer: Brian Randazzo
Best Use of Production Music In Full-Length Theatrical Film"Not Alone"/MidCoast Music  Composer: Christopher Francis Hanson & Matthew Schwanke
About THE MARK AWARDS JUDGINGThe PMA assembled an independent group of industry professionals, culled from executives working within TV networks, ad agencies, promo departments, trailer companies, and licensing organizations, to facilitate the submissions, judging, and final selection of Mark Awards winners.
Founded in l997, the Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community.  A non-profit organization with over 675 members, including music publishers, composers, and industry professionals, the mission of the PMA is to elevate the unique value of production music and to ensure the viability of the production music industry.
Headquartered in both Los Angeles and Nashville, the PMA strives to fulfill its mission by:
► Working with performing rights organizations, legislators, legal counsel and broadcasters in the aim of improving the reporting, monitoring, collection and distribution of performance fees and royalties for PMA members;
► Providing its members with a forum in which issues of common concern and interest can be discussed and decisions made;
► Educating its members and the marketplace about music rights and other issues affecting the production music community; and
► Enhancing the value of PMA members' music through research, education and public relations.
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